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Topic: shot help > RE: +How am I doing?? (5 msgs / 182 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
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FC Monkey at 4 days rest should be just about optimal (maybe even better
another day or 2), crema "THICK" from the start sounds good, it ought to be
thick from the start to the very end with 80 to 90% crema. 
 
Really can't say with 100% certainty do to monitor color variation, but it
looked like the shot went blond early to me. If grind was at 3, try at 2!
But then, too high a temp can also cause blonding as can channeling. Hmmm,
since shot volume versus time appeared good, fineness of grind may not be
the issue. (Though quality of grind could be a factor). So many
variables...tough to diag just on a couple pics verus in person!
 
I really believe you might get more (and better) input posing such espresso
specific questions on HBhttp://www.home-barista.com/forums/ 
Bottom line though, you said your shots were tasting much better!
 
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From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Jason
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 5:20 PM
The coffee was Monkey blend, roasted to FC it has been resting about 4 days.
The grind was 3 on the Solis Maesto.
The Crema is THICK and pours pretty much from the start.
On 4/25/07, miKe mcKoffee  wrote: 
Pic's didn't come through as pic's (for me) but links worked fine. I'd
tighten the grind a bit more. Looked like blonding started kicking in pic
#2, 20 second mark. I would have stopped the shot about there regardless of
time. Pic #3 end of shot really appeared blonded.
 
Dr. Crema, comments?
 
What coffee are you pulling, how roasted and what rest?
 
I'll also add forums like Home-Barista.com pic's are easily uploaded AND
there's a boat load of espresso experience over there.  
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Jason
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 4:12 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: +How am I doing??
Ok so after reading quite a bit from homeroasters, various other blogs, and
all of the very helpful advise from here, how am I doing?
First the espresso is tasting much better!  Second, I think a picture says
it best, so I figured I would ask for advise via pictorial. 
Going to try and put these in as inline posts
Just starting, this is about 5-8 seconds after the pump was switched the
pour starts...

Just before the end at about 20 seconds...

Just after pump cut off, at 27 seconds, I ran a bit long trying to take
pictures:

The finished product a few seconds after resting:

If the images don't come though in this format I will try again, I haven't
quite figured out if I am having an issue with gmail or if the SM list
strips it out... 
CR

2) From: Jason
Mike,
I wanted at least one un-biased confirmation on what I was thinking.  This
was the second shot that I drew tonight.  The first shot drew in 15 seconds
on a setting of 4 on the grinder.  The second with a much harder pack into
the portafilter was with the times I posted.  For reference those are 3 oz
cups.  If I draw another shot, tonight I won't sleep LOL, I will try going
to setting 2 in the morning and find out what happens.
I think I am over drawing some still, but time practice and taste will tell
I guess.....
On 4/25/07, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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3) From: Jason
Is a setting of 2 to tight?  Hmmm ok so I drew a shot this morning after
geting everything warmed up as normal.  I measured and drew the shot, about
half an Oz shy, in volume...  Soon as I get my good camera back I will post
a few pictures that are better then the last.
On 4/25/07, Jason  wrote:
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4) From: miKe mcKoffee
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By about half oz short were you saying around 1.5oz in around 25 seconds?
How did it taste!
 
Might also experimant with keeping the grind at 2, down dosing a hair.
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From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Jason
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2007 9:10 AM
Is a setting of 2 to tight?  Hmmm ok so I drew a shot this morning after
geting everything warmed up as normal.  I measured and drew the shot, about
half an Oz shy, in volume...  Soon as I get my good camera back I will post
a few pictures that are better then the last. 

5) From: Jason
Mike,
The flavor was good I would say about twice as strong as the ones I made
yesterday.  Not quite as bitter... I think I am starting to hone in on a
balance though.
On 4/26/07, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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